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The New York Times
December 21, 1922

Two Boys Held After Policeman Fires a Shot.

James Doyle, 15, of 3 West Seventy-fourth Street, and Fleetwood Stoltz, 15, of 145 Audubon Avenue, students at the Clason Point Military Academy, were locked up at the West 152d Street Police Station last night on a charge of juvenile delinquency after confessing to the theft of two automobiles for "joy riding."

Doyle, who is the son of Michael Doyle, a chauffeur, was captured last night in 166th Street, near St. Nicholas Avenue, by Patrolman Enoch Parson, who fired a shot in the air before the boy gave up his attempt to escape, after being stopped by the officer, who became suspicious in seeing a big Buick sport model car zig-zagging up Broadway at 165th Street.

Questioned at the police station, Doyle revealed that the big Buick sedan that had preceded his car had been stolen by Stoltz, who was later found at his home by the police.  Young Stoltz, whose father is a wealthy real estate dealer, said that he had abandoned the car at 173d Street.  The police record showed that the car belonged to Helen Grossman of 789 Elston Avenue.  The car driven by Doyle belonged to Nathan A. Kelly, 603 Isham Street, Bronx.

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